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Tips on getting the right care at home

... Tips on getting the right care at home homecare, eldercare, independence, carer, companionship Care at home isn't just about basic tasks. It's also about preserving our parents' personal independence for as long as possible. There are a whole range of support services ...

Would a homeshare scheme suit your parent?

... Would a homeshare scheme suit your parent? independence, loneliness, companionship, vulnerability According to the UK Office of National Statistics the number of people aged 85 and over is projected to reach 3.5 million by 2035, 2.5 times larger than in 2010. If the ...

Is loneliness now an epidemic among the elderly?

... Is loneliness now an epidemic among the elderly? loneliness, community, companionship, mental health Loneliness among the UK's ageing population is widely publicised as a health hazard which can increase the risk of depression, dementia and heart attacks. The size of the loneliness challenge ...

How tea parties help to ward off loneliness

... How tea parties help to ward off loneliness loneliness, companionship, mobility, community, story This week's storyteller is Gemma. Gemma tells us how she became a volunteer driver for Contact the Elderly. She describes the benefits of attending the charity's free monthly tea parties ...

How to support an elderly carer

... How to support an elderly carer eldercare, balance, companionship, advice, relationships Dear Lesley,My father died 15 years ago and my mother has been with a new partner for the last 10 years, although they don't live together. In some ways their ...

Are sex and love taboo topics for you and your parents?

... Are sex and love taboo topics for you and your parents? communication, relationships, mobility, depression, companionship Don't be afraid to talk to your parent about love and sex, advises Relate counsellor and author, Barbara Bloomfield. They've got the same hopes and ...

Do meals on wheels actually mean tea and company?

... Do meals on wheels actually mean tea and company? nutrition, loneliness, companionship, story This week's storyteller has chosen to be anonymous. Ever wondered what a meals delivery means for your elderly relative? Is it a friendly face and a welcome chat to brighten ...

In praise of district nurses

... In praise of district nurses District nurse, eldercare, companionship, carer, story This week's storyteller has chosen to be anonymous.When the chips are down, district nurses can be relied upon to take the time and effort to care for our elderly and ill parents at ...

No more digging

... No more digging gardening, story, independence, companionship My dad has always loved his garden, and I've always assumed that he will be tending it to the end. So it took me a long time to realise that despite all the treatment and care he's ...

Gaining new freedom by moving in together

... Gaining new freedom by moving in together independence, companionship, carer, story This week's storyteller has chosen to be anonymous and names have been changed. It was a tough decision, but Sally's move to the UK from her native South Africa to live with her ...